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On the High Wire

Four single-unit pet specialty retailers reveal how they are stepping up to overcome the challenges facing small, independent pet stores in today’s rapidly evolving marketplace.

Six Essential Communication Skills for Managers

The performance of pet store employees ultimately depends on their leaders’ ability to effectively communicate expectations and goals.

The Big Chill

Despite several recalls in 2015, the frozen pet food category continues to grow at a hot pace.

New Hope for Responsible Breeders

When it comes to combating substandard breeders, the new voluntary breeder certification program introduced by Purdue University is a better alternative to pet sale bans.

Presents of Mind

With a unique selection of gifts for pets and pet lovers and the right marketing strategy, retailers can lay the groundwork for a successful holiday season of sales.

Spot-On Stain and Odor Solutions

Pet parents struggle to provide the most comfortable home for their animals, while also maintaining a clean, enjoyable space for their families and guests.

Partners in Pet Care

Professionals who make their living working with pets should play a valuable role in discussions about animal care legislation and regulation.

Employee Ownership

An employee stock ownership plan is an option that more pet business owners should consider as an employee benefit, or as an alternative to selling to outsiders.

In Safe Hands

After a tragic wakeup call almost 10 years ago, the pet food industry continues to work at regaining and maintaining pet owners’ trust.

A Safe Approach to Raw Foods

Manufacturers continue to work hard at mitigating the risks associated with raw diets while retailers educate consumers about safe-handling practices.

The New Product Dilemma

Specialty distributors can be an invaluable resource in helping retailers leverage the high level of product innovation in the pet industry.

Adding “Pop” to Pet Stores

Jeff Logan, director of marketing for Dexas International, Ltd., discusses how his company has taken its unique brand of innovation from housewares to pet care.

A Healthy Advantage

Brad Gruber, chief operating officer at Health Extension Pet Care, discusses how his company’s diverse lineup of nutrition, grooming and training products are a perfect fit for independent pet specialty stores.

Better By Design

With a focus on comfort, style and safety, 2 Hounds Design offers a wide range of high-quality, custom-made collars, leashes and harnesses.

Capturing the Holiday Impulse

This year’s holiday assortments will feature bold colors, fun and functional gifts, and even something to bring to parties.

Heal the Pet, Educate the Parent

Extraordinary innovation is leading first-aid-supply manufacturers to create healing products to maximize comfort and ensure pet health.

The Crested Gecko

Thanks to its charming nature and delightful appearance, the crested gecko is reigning supreme as the industry’s most popular pet lizard.

Independents Lead

Three executives from successful pet store chains discuss the role that the independent retailers play in brand building, and how ecommerce is affecting the dynamics between retailers and suppliers.

PIJAC's Big Focus on Small Pets

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council is leading the way in setting standards for small animal care, but the organization needs help from every facet of the pet industry.

Growing Local

Pet Supplies Plus is combining its considerable corporate resources with a passionate base of franchisees to drive a new era of expansion for the pet store chain.
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